- The Ticket office is run by civilian staff that have no clue on procedure or legislation
- There is a right to have cases heard at magistrates court and this is outlined on part 3 of any Fixed penalty Notice (FPN)
- That a book called ACPO GUIDELINES & another book called HOME OFFICE GUIDELINES exists and that both, outline the use and legality of speed cameras, whether hand held, roadside or van mounted.
I recently saw an article on one of the Jack related sites where the subject was speed cameras so I thought I would share this with you. As you know, I served as a police officer for a good number of years. I retired 3 years ago. Before I retired I was driving my car in a 40 zone that then went to a 30MPH zone. Right after the speed change is a strategically placed camera. Well, it isn't there for road safety as they might have you believe because about 25 yards up the road there is a very well lit, very obvious roundabout so you would have to slow down regardless of the camera. Anyway as I approached the camera I noticed that the camera was being 'maintained' and two fella's were standing near to it. I thought nothing more of it until the two bright flashes alerted me to the fact that the camera had 'got me'. I initially thought that they were testing the bulb but to be on the safe side, I turned around and took an image of the situation (Using my mobile phone) So off I went thinking no more of it. That was until about two weeks later the dreaded letter arrived. WERE YOU THE DRIVER ON ***** DATE, Your car was captured doing 34 mph in a 30mph zone. Please complete this TRAFF52 form outlining that if you were not the driver, who was. A lot of folk think that by failing to sign said form will nullify the process of fines; this is not the case. The court will still hear the case and in the event of non compliance or incorrect filling in of the form, the registered keep of the car will be prosecuted for the offence. So I filled in the form, sent it back. A few weeks later I got the letter, Go to driver awareness course, (£80) or pay a fine and take points for speeding. I sent a letter back stating that it was my right to have the case heard in court and wished to do so. They replied, there is no provision for this in our process. I had been a police office for a good number of years as I have said so I knew a few things that they didnt appreciate.
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